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Diocese of Grand Island, NE

This journey that I am on is filled with Serrans at every twist and turn! The Serra Club is an international lay organization approved by the Church to work and pray for vocations, and its members have been supporting and encouraging me from the very beginning. It was a Serran who said, “How can we do what you have done at St. Cecilia’s all over Houston?”

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West Deanery for Lake Charles, LA

A friend of my aunt Karen's who lived in Lake Charles, LA, asked me last summer if I could come to their deanery vocations meeting to give a 5 hour workshop.

At this point people were not asking me to do this much, so I said yes. I was entering new territory!

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Another Holy Spirit Moment

National Vocation Awareness Week 2015 was underway! Fr. Eli, our parochial vicar, was taking our 7th graders to St. Mary's Seminary to visit, and the reunion Mass and classroom visits were happening on Friday.

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New York City

I had to prepare a brand new presentation for this event as I would not be speaking to only priests or Serra Club members but parishioners who could do the work of vocations. This was like an amateur runner being placed in the Olympics! I was going to speak in front of priests, religious, and parishioner from the Archdiocese of New York!

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National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Convention (NCDVD) in St. Louis, MO - Continued

After the reception at the seminary, we boarded buses to various restaurants around St. Louis, and I was with priests from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. They were so welcoming.

When I was on my way to the restaurant, I struck up a conversation with a young priest. He asked as many had," What inspired me to write this book?" Instead of giving him the shorter version, I shared with him how I received a grant from that Scanlan Foundation to have the book professionally edited, to build the website, and for 400 books for our archdiocese.

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National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Convention (NCDVD) in St. Louis, MO

I arrived into St. Louis's expecting to educate 270 Vocation Director's from around the nation and 17 other countries about Hundredfold. Even though 200 US Vocation Directors received the book in June, I did not expect that any had read it. Boy, was I wrong!

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I think this book will do so much good. I know you wrote it with much prayers and love, and it is a product of your dedicated works in the ministry of vocation. You have blessed our vocation office and the vocation ministry at St Cecilia and here in the Archdiocese abundantly! May the Lord bless you and He abundant fruit to your work!

Fr. Dat Hoang, Former Vocation Director for Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life can only evolve in a culture which nurtures a positive response to God’s calling whether that be in the home, school or church. Without a doubt, a robust parish vocation mission is the perfect means of cultivating such an environment in all three places. Rhonda Gruenewald has developed a full proof method of creating and sustaining a bountiful vocation mission in every parish. Her work is truly the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Margo P. Geddie, Vice President for Communications for Serra US 

This book will be a useful tool for parishes in our Archdiocese and beyond. We frequently have pastors and parishioners who ask for help to initiate or revitalize their parish vocation committees. Having a manual coming from a parish’s practical experiences and with electronic forms available on the website will enable us to respond to their needs. We look forward to having it as a resource as we continue to build a culture of vocations for the sake of our Church and society.

Sr. Anita Brenek, CDP, Associate Director, Office of Vocations Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

To have all of these activities in one well thought out piece with such prayerful consideration and documented practice is a lovely example of Divine inspiration paired with the willingness of servant's hearts in answering His call. This is a beautiful example of what can be done with the collaboration of gifts bestowed to us while listening to the call of our Lord. It will become a gift to many in seeking a clear path to promoting vocations. "Well done, my good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21. It is a masterpiece!

Anne Shepherd-Knapp, Chairman, Serra US Vocation Committee Deputy Governor, District 10 President, The Serra Club of Spring-1960 Area

The workshop provided practical steps to address a pressing need in our diocese. The wide gamut of possibilities allows large and small parishes to DO something. Rhonda is good at responding to questions and has lots of practical experience, both positive and negative.

Very Reverend Jay Peterson, Vicar General Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

The most beneficial aspects of the workshop are the book, the website and downloadable materials, and the practical nature of “how to”. You were also encouraging in the many ways pastors/priests are trying to encourage vocations.

Monsignor Mark Merdian, Diocese of Peoria, Illinois  

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